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Smoke Free Health Care: an organisational change to increase effective intervention for tobacco Volume 19 Issue 3-4

Annie M. Kia, Eric K. van Beurden, Gavin S. Dart, Cecily M. Barrack, Mark D. Mitchell

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 19(4) 60–64 Published online: 29 April 2008

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Annie M. Kia

Eric K. van Beurden

Gavin S. Dart

Cecily M. Barrack

Mark D. Mitchell


In 1999, the directed that grounds of health sites would become smoke free, in addition to the existing policy requiring smoke-free buildings. This was one of the first attempts by any health service to exclude tobacco entirely from health sites. This task required the adoption of evidence-based management of tobacco dependence and changing the culture of smoking in the health service. There were many barriers to implementation.